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Faces of Friendship

Faces of Friendship

The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted inequalities in our world today, where communities are left unaddressed due to lack of access to vital services, extreme poverty and vulnerability to the climate crisis. It has also shown our connectedness, highlighting the fact...

Everybody Needs Friends and Heroes

Everybody Needs Friends and Heroes

It was in March 2019, exactly a year before the Covid-19 lockdown in Bangladesh and all around the world, whilst travelling with us in the climate impacted and remote communities on the river islands of Northern Bangladesh, that global brand advisor Shubhankar Ray was...

Covid-19 Combat

Covid-19 Combat

A glance at Friendship’s pandemic response Covid-19 was the defining event of 2020. As the novel coronavirus began spreading across the world, proactive societies went into lockdown. It was the surest way to arrest the spread of the mysterious new virus at a time when...

Communities Leading the Way

Communities Leading the Way

Real Stories of Adaptation from Vulnerable Communities by Runa Khan 100% of the core work of Friendship since it started 20 years ago has been in the most climate-impacted regions in Bangladesh. Whilst working with these vulnerable communities, the one important...

Ear to the Earth

Ear to the Earth

The key to adaptation lies in listening intently to locals and communities at the forefront of the climate crisis by Runa Khan, founder and executive director, Friendship In 2004, I was visiting our hospital ship in the river islands (chars) of the Brahmaputra. This...

Roots of Security

Roots of Security

Coastal communities hope to gain protection and prosperity from mangrove plantations by Naushad Ali Husein Ibrahim Hossain’s home has been flooded with seawater for five months. On May 20, super-cyclone Amphan ripped through the southern coast of Bengal, sending tidal...

Swept Away

Swept Away

A whole village disappears under water, yet the community continues its schooling. Mamotaz Begum’s village is at the bottom of the river. Where there were once homes of some 350 families, among lush corn and paddy fields, vegetable gardens, a mosque, shops—only the...

NO BUSINESS AS USUAL

NO BUSINESS AS USUAL

The pandemic slashed the fashion market, but Friendship Colours of the Chars pivoted its resources to produce masks, protecting local communities and creating opportunities for artisans in marginalised communities. by Rad Sharar bin Kamal The pandemic has left...